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Psychologist - Federal Salaries of 2020

Pay Rates for "Psychologist"

How much does a Psychologist in the federal government get paid? $103,189.72* *Based on the 2020 average.

Psychologist was the 38th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2020, with 8,608 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2020, the Veterans Health Administration hired the most employees titled Psychology, with an average salary of $101,383.

Government Psychology jobs are classified under the General Schedule (GS) payscale. The minimum paygrade for a Psychology job is GS-6, and the highest paygrade that can be attained within this job series is GS-15. Remember that the starting and maximum yearly pay listed above reflect base pay only - your actual salary will be higher based on the Locality Pay Adjustment for the area in which you work.

Job Description

This occupation includes positions involving professional work relating to the behavior, capacities, traits, interests and activities of human and animal organisms. This work may involve any one or a combination of the following functions: (1) experimenting with or systematically observing organisms to develop scientific principles or laws concerning the relationship of behavior to factors of environment, experience or physiology, or to develop practical applications of findings, (2) applying professional knowledges of psychological principles, theories, methods or data to practical situations and problems, and (3) providing consultative services or training in psychological principles, theories, methods, and techniques to advance knowledge of them and their appropriate use.

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions fall under this job category. Due to the growing focus of them STEM fields, individuals in this job category tend to advance more quickly than employees in the other job categories. Jobs in this category are being added quickly and many organizations have trouble finding qualified individuals. Individuals in this job category typically recieve pormotions of 2 grade increases at a time until they reach GS-12.

Agencies that have hired a Psychologist

Agency Employees Hired Average Salary
Veterans Health Administration 7,493 $101,382.94
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 565 $108,717.97
National Institutes of Health 72 $107,181.52
Federal Aviation Administration 52 $142,798.69
Indian Health Service 50 $115,614.64
Office of Personnel Management 47 $129,212.23
Food and Drug Administration 30 $129,687.57
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration 26 $52,175.00
Customs and Border Protection 24 $137,108.91
Office of Secretary of Transportation 23 $123,751.57
Forest Service 14 $68,411.29
Ames Research Center 13 $167,789.46
Office Secretary Health and Human Services 13 $91,885.23
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 13 $109,443.46
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 11 $120,964.91
Transportation Security Administration 11 $122,204.64
U.S. Secret Service 10 $134,699.70
Indian Affairs 8 $83,269.50
Peace Corps 8 $121,091.00
Consumer Product Safety Commission 8 $133,386.38
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 7 $148,536.29
Federal Bureau of Investigation 5 $156,900.20
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 5 $112,819.40
Immigration and Customs Enforcement 5 $137,616.60
Securities and Exchange Commission 5 $198,942.00
Department of State 5 $142,683.60
Internal Revenue Service 5 $131,004.40
Veterans Benefits Administration 5 $125,690.40
Drug Enforcement Administration 4 $134,458.00
Federal Emergency Management Agency 4 $108,652.00
Bureau of the Census 4 $121,679.25
National Transportation Safety Board 4 $137,369.25
National Science Foundation 4 $145,512.75
Federal Railroad Administration 4 $144,204.50
Citizenship and Immigration Services 3 $145,578.00
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 3 $118,597.67
Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection 3 $183,636.67
Environmental Protection Agency 3 $134,555.00
Bureau of Labor Statistics 3 $142,882.33
U.S. Marshals Service 3 $151,289.33
Headquarters, Nasa 3 $148,832.67
Merit Systems Protection Board 3 $138,946.00
Agricultural Research Service 3 $103,611.33
Office of Comptroller of Currency 3 $151,345.33
U.S. Coast Guard 2 $105,696.00
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 2 $170,800.00
Assistant Secretary for Human Resources Management 1 $116,617.00
Office of the Director 1 $119,775.00
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 1 $178,512.00
Export-Import Bank of the United States 1 $133,447.00
Department of Energy 1 $0.00
Office of Governmentwide Policy 1 $170,800.00
Corporation for National and Community Service 1 $65,132.00
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 1 $130,039.00
Office of the Chief Human Capital Office 1 $129,404.00
Science and Technology Directorate 1 $170,800.00
National Institute of Standards and Technology 1 $157,709.00
Patent and Trademark Office 1 $157,709.00
U.S. Agency for International Development 1 $157,709.00
Fpac Business Center 1 $137,491.00
Federal Highway Administration 1 $102,663.00
Small Business Administration 1 $72,030.00
Dryden Flight Research Center 1 $121,547.00

Psychologist Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Psychologist is $103,189.72. The highest paid Psychologist made $253,881 in 2020.

Common Psychologist Payscales

Payscale Number of Psychology Employees
GS - General Schedule 7,190
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not Elsewhere Specified 1,188
EI - Advisory Committee Member (other) 77
FV - Federal Aviation Administration Core Compensation Plan 49
RG - Scientists Appointed As Fellows And Compensated Under 42 U.s.c. 209(g). Includes Non-citizens Whose Employment 18
RF - Employees Appointed And Compensated As Special Consultants Under 42 U.s.c. 209(f). Includes Non-citizens Whose 17
SV - Transportation Security Administration Employees Other Than Executives 11
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 8
CY - Contract Education--school Year 8
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 7
SK - Non-supervisorty Postions Employed By The Securities And Exchange Commission (sec) And Formerly Under Gs Pay 5
GM - Employees Covered By The Performance Management And Recognition System (pmrs) Termination Provisions 4
NB - Office Of The Comptroller Of The Currency Only 3
ES - Senior Executive Service 3
CN - Bureau Of Consumer Financial Protect(cfpb) Independent Agcy Within The Fed Res Syst(use By Cfpb Only) 3
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 3
GL - Gs Employees In Grades 3 Through 10 Paid A Law Enforcement Officer Special Base Rate 3
SR - Statutory Rates Not Elsewhere Specified 3
IC - Employees Holding Incident Management Cadre Of On-call Response/recovery Employees(core)positions 1
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 1
SN - Senior Level System 1
NY - All Other Positions In The Corporation For National And Community Service, P.l. 103-82, Subtitle G, Section 1
SL - Senior Level Positions 1
CG - Corporate Graded 1
NQ - Employees In The National Nuclear Secuirty Administration's Professional, Technical, And Admin Career Path 1
ZA - Administrative 1

Starting Paygrade: $33,903.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-6, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $143,598.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-15, Step 10
Category: Professional and Scientific

Other Jobs at the GS-6 Paygrade

GS-6 is the starting paygrade for Psychology jobs. Here are some other Federal Government jobs that can be held by employees at the GS-6 paygrade.

Occupation Occupation Category Starting Paygrade Maximum Paygrade
Instructional SystemsProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15
EcologyProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15
International CooperationAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
Geodetic TechnicianTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9
Bioengineering and Biomedical EngineeringProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15

Average Psychology Pay Trend from 2004 to 2020

In 2004, the average pay for a Psychologist was $76,433. Since then, the average pay has increased to $103,190 in 2020.

Data Sources

The information provided on these pages is sourced from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Enterprise Human Resources Integration (EHRI) dataset. Postal Service data is managed exclusively by the USPS . All information is displayed unmodified and as provided by the source agency.

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The series code of this occupation is 0180.

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